But as is the case with all drama, the film is most affecting when it shows failure. At the Burlesque Pageant in Las Vegas, the duo perform separately and Monkey wins several top prizes in his category, while Trixie doesn't win anything at all. It is difficult for both of them to navigate the tension that this disparity creates and the viewer feels for them both. Shortly after, when they leave Baltimore, where Trixie founded Fluid Movement, it feels like another deprivation and sacrifice rather than a move up, but again, the scenes from their off-Broadway perfomances, among the most beautiful in the film, make it all seem worth it. And it's genuinely moving, if a bit sentimental, to see Trixie cry when Monkey proposes to her on stage during a performance. The film, which covers five years of their lives, makes us love them too.